Happy 4th Tuesday! I’m excited to share my friend, Cindy Patterson, with you today.
Cindy and I met years ago when I spoke at her church and we’ve kept in touch through the years of writing and taking breaks and writing again. Yes, even though I have a love/hate relationship with technology, right now I’m thankful God allowed us to stay in touch through the demon/angel.
Cindy is not only the author of Broken Butterfly, but she actually wrote several novels through our MoGo7000 Monthly Challenge AND she was our very first winner of the $100 prize in the 2011 MoGo7000 Challenge! As you can see, Cindy is proof that MoGo7000 can help you finish your book. ðŸ™‚
Be sure to leave a comment for Cindy and you’ll be in the drawing for a free book. Now, let’s get started.
Welcome, Cindy. First of all, I’d love to know what inspired you to write your first book.
You know that point when you reach the end of a really good novel and the depressing feeling that settles over you with an ache making you want more? I had to have that “more,” so I created my own characters, my own story.
In this story, I wanted to give a glimpse of how God can use brokenness and make it whole. I also wanted to share a remarkable love story and to give hope.
We know that writing is one thing, but when did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’m so glad you asked me that question. It was you, Vonda, who first told me I was a writer. You were speaking at my church quite a few years ago and I couldn’t wait to meet you. At the time, I still didn’t feel like a writer, but I headed home with all the tips and resources you gave me and I began this whirlwind of a life and have loved every minute of it. And I know without a doubt, God appointed that brief meeting between you and me.
He sure did! Thank you for letting me know of my small part in your journey. And now, here you are, encouraging and influencing other writers! Speaking of other writers, we’re always interested in knowing who areÂ pantsers and who are plotters. Do you have a specific writing style?
I’m a pantser. No organization whatsoever. I sit down and start pounding at the keys and the words flow like a scene from a movie. Of course, there’s a lot of editing, cutting, and sometimes rearranging to be done after the first draft and even the second, and third. Sometimes I want to try the more organized form of writing to see how that works for me. I may even do that with my next novel. I’m always up for a new challenge.
My three published novels were plotted and it worked well for me. But I’ve just started another novel and for the first time I’m having trouble figuring out the story line. I think I need some inspiration! Do you have something that inspires you while you write?
Music. Reading. The last light of the setting sun filtering through the woods behind my house. Jesus.
I love your title, Broken Butterfly. How is this story special to you?
The characters ofÂ Broken ButterflyÂ came to me in a very weird dream.Â I have a lot of those, but this one in particular would not leave me alone until I started their story. It’s hard to pinpoint how this story is special to me without giving too much away, but I will say this, I could not do any of this without God’s help. And in this book in particular, He gave me the twist that broughtÂ Broken Butterfly full circle and I remember that moment as if it happened yesterday.
Wow, what a gift that was to you! I have weird dreams, too, but mine have never been insights for a new book! I love your cover, too. Who designed it?
The cover of this book had been in my head for years. I knew I wouldn’t find a pre-made cover that would fit exactly what I was looking for. I needed a young lady, fitting Mallory’s description, who also had a butterfly and dragonfly tattoo visible on her ankle. So, I chose my oldest son’s fiancÃ©, Madison Robinson, to model for me. Her uncle, Mike Parrish, of Tar River Photography, took the picture. The tattoo holds great significance in the story. You’ll have to read to find out why. ðŸ˜‰
Is there a message in this novel that you want readers to grasp?
I want my readers to connect with my characters and to remember them long after they put the book down. The world needs more Faith, Hope, and Love. This is a clean romance that stirs the heart. The reader is at peace seeing Mallory triumph over her struggles and the reader is empowered to overcome his or her own challenges in life.
Also, domestic abuse is a living, breathing reality for many and I wanted to bring that to light, hoping someone feeling trapped would find the courage to escape, and to ultimately find hope in Jesus.
We’re running out of time, but I’d like to know what writing tip you would offer other writers.
Embrace meaningful relationships with other writers. Don’t compare your success to others. God has His specific plan for you in His own perfect time. Encourage each other and promote not only yourself but those around you. And finally, never stop learning.
Wise words, Cindy. Before we go, would you give us a peek into your current project?
I’m currently working with an editor on Chasing Paradise, the prequel to Broken Butterfly.
Thank you for joining us today and sharing your wisdom and insight into writing. And readers, remember to leave a comment for Cindy and you’ll be in the drawing for her book. Be sure to return next week to see if you’re the winner!
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Bio: Cindy Patterson lives in North Carolina with her wonderful husband and three amazing children. Her passions include Jesus, homeschooling, writing, and drama ministry. You’ll find her at any given time with her family on a baseball field watching her youngest son play, as her oldest son and husband coach from the sideline. You can also find her watching her daughter dance, tucked away reading, or cooking when she’s not writing. She’s a member of ACFW.
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